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2017 Kumamoto International Friendship Festival

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On Saturday, November 25, the 24th annual International Friendship Festival was held in Kumamoto City.

Several JETs participated in the festival, showcasing dancing performances, taiko skills, a kimono fashion show, and even sharing information on international exchange opportunities for Japanese students.

If you are a Kumamoto JET and interested in doing a performance or hosting an exchange booth next year, please let the PAs know!

Here are a few photos from the event!

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS Students

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The Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS students was held on November 18 in Kumamoto City. Kumamoto’s JETs gathered to volunteer at the camp and lead students from junior high schools all over the prefecture in learning about foreign cultures while using English. It was loads of fun!

Of course, Kumamon joined us and we danced our hearts out to the “Kumamon Taiso” song.

Photographic evidence of the fun can be found below (don’t forget to click “continue reading”).

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2017 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for ES Students

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On Saturday, October 21, the 3rd annual Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for elementary school students was held in Kumamoto City. Students from elementary schools around the prefecture spent the day playing games and making crafts with Kumamoto Prefecture’s ALTs. And the best part? The students did all of this while practicing English!

Of course, the lovable Kumamon joined in on the fun.

Here are some photos from the camp (click “continue reading” to see more!). What fond memories!

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Aso Sweets Matsuri

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Fancy something sweet in the beautiful landscape of Aso this weekend?

There is going to be a “Sweets Matsuri” showcasing different types of sweets from around Japan. There will be Patisseries, Tea ceremony, Wagashi booths and other types of sweets. People will have a chance to take part in making the Wagashi but are advised to bring a towel and an apron. To enter each of these events you will have to pay a small entrance fee of course.

The festival is on Sunday, 10th September from 10am until 4pm. It takes place at the Aso Onsen Byouin parking lot in Uchinomaki. Below is a google pin to the place and the flyer for further information.

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KumAJET Ashikita Beach Party

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The long-awaited Ashikita Beach Party hosted by KumAJET is just around the corner! It’s a great chance to meet JETs from all over Kumamoto and enjoy some fun in the sun in Ashikita, which is known for its wonderful beach!

Key information…

When: September 9-10, check-in from 4pm
Price: ¥2500 for overnight, ¥500 for day only
Where: Ashikita’s Otachimisaki Park
〒869-5305 Kumamoto-ken, Ashikita-gun, Ashikita-machi, Tanouramachi, 145
(Directions to be posted on the KumAJET website)
Notes:
Bring your own drinks and bbq food
Cabins will be on first come, first serve basis for people who RSVP
RSVP by emailing kumajet@ajet.net 
More information is available at the Facebook page for the event and the KumAJET homepage!

Upcoming Kuma Gun Events

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Looking for an excuse to go explore the tranquil mountainous Kuma area of Kumamoto? Whether you want to sample some renowned Kuma Shochu or be a part of traditional Japanese festivals, check out the table below for upcoming events. (If you don’t drive, Hitoyoshi City can also be reached by train directly, and Asagiri can be reached by train after changing at Hitoyoshi. )

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Aso Citizen’s Recovery Festival

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There is a festival on 19th of August in Uchinomaki, Aso!

There will be free entry to hot springs and a fireworks show. Each company/group will do the bonodori dance. The B.O.E. usually participates every year and they change their colours too.  The hospital workers will wear green happi coats, the city hall will wear purple, the firemen will wear red etc. The food stalls are awesome!

See the blog post below for more details (in English and Japanese)

https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/denku_franck2711/56499450.html

Hinokuni Festival – Looking for Participants!

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The 40th Hinokuni Festival will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017! The Hinokuni Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Kumamoto with the highlight of the festival being the Otemoyan Dance on Saturday night that takes place in downtown Kumamoto City.

All Kumamoto JETs are invited to dance in the Otemoyan Dance with the Kencho team. You can learn the dance right before the festival starts, so no previous dance skills are required! The dance will start at 19:00 on August 5, but the meeting time and place will be announced later.

If you are Kumamoto JET and are interested in participating in the Otemoyan Dance, please let Laura (PA) know by Wednesday, July 19. It doesn’t matter if you are leaving or an incoming JET, as long as you are here on August 5 you can participate. In addition, friends and family are more than welcome to join. You can contact Laura at the Kumamoto PA email address or at lauramcghee10@gmail.com.

It is free to participate and the Kencho will provide happi (coats) to all participants. However, they do request that you wear white shorts. If you do not own white shorts you can order them through the kencho for 1,200 yen. If you would like to order white shorts for the dance (sizes S, M, L, LL, and 3L), please say so.

For more information about the festival itself, please check out the Hinokuni Festival website.